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Embera Village Day Tour provided by Embera Village Tours & More

Embera Village Day Tour
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Spend the day stepping back in time with the Emberá tribe, deep in the tropical rainforest of Panama. You will be welcomed and immersed in their culture and allowed to interact with them, take photographs, observe traditional music and dancing and have an opportunity to purchase their beautiful handmade crafts.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
German, English, French, Spanish
What to expect
  • We will come to pick you up at your hotel around 8:00 AM and drive for about an hour to a boat ramp on the shore of Lake Alajuela, part of the Panama Canal watershed, where the Emberá meet us with their dugout canoe. Then we head across the lake  and then upriver for about 45 minutes or so (depending on the level of the river).  Along the way you have the option to stop by a beautiful waterfall (based on natural conditions and accessibility) where you can take a refreshing dip in the cool water. Upon arrival in the village you receive a traditional greeting of music and all the villagers welcoming you to their community.  After about 10 minutes to wander around and explore the village on your own, you are given a short presentation about the Emberá culture and traditions and their crafts.  After lunch you can take an optional short hike in the jungle with one of the village elders to learn about medicinal plants. You are given more free time to wander around, purchase any of their exquisite crafts or receive a temporary tattoo or have a conversation with the Emberá people. Finally the villagers perform some of their traditional shamanic and celebratory dances and music before we climb back in the dugout and head back down river and return to Panama City. This is a group tour, there may be others joining you for this unforgettable experience with the Emberá.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
German, English, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
  • We will come to pick you up at your hotel around 8:00 AM and drive for about an hour to a boat ramp on the shore of Lake Alajuela, part of the Panama Canal watershed, where the Emberá meet us with their dugout canoe. Then we head across the lake  and then upriver for about 45 minutes or so (depending on the level of the river).  Along the way you have the option to stop by a beautiful waterfall (based on natural conditions and accessibility) where you can take a refreshing dip in the cool water. Upon arrival in the village you receive a traditional greeting of music and all the villagers welcoming you to their community.  After about 10 minutes to wander around and explore the village on your own, you are given a short presentation about the Emberá culture and traditions and their crafts.  After lunch you can take an optional short hike in the jungle with one of the village elders to learn about medicinal plants. You are given more free time to wander around, purchase any of their exquisite crafts or receive a temporary tattoo or have a conversation with the Emberá people. Finally the villagers perform some of their traditional shamanic and celebratory dances and music before we climb back in the dugout and head back down river and return to Panama City. This is a group tour, there may be others joining you for this unforgettable experience with the Emberá.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 22161P2
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • Local taxes
  • National Park fees
  • Lunch
  • All activities
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Local guide
  • Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
  • Small-group
Exclusions
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities
Duration
8h
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • We pick up at hotels and ports within Panama City, Gamboa, Colon2000 or Homeport in Colon. Playa Bonita pick up has a surcharge.
  • Ports:
  • Cristobal Colón observó, C. 93 C Este, Panamá, Panama
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • A minimum of people per booking is required
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Inclusions
  • Local taxes
  • National Park fees
  • Lunch
  • All activities
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Local guide
  • Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
  • Small-group
Exclusions
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • We pick up at hotels and ports within Panama City, Gamboa, Colon2000 or Homeport in Colon. Playa Bonita pick up has a surcharge.
  • Ports:
  • Cristobal Colón observó, C. 93 C Este, Panamá, Panama
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
8h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • A minimum of people per booking is required
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travellers
Popular mentions

4.5
75 reviews
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Andy keen
Birmingham, UK1,312 contributions
Different
Mar. 2020
Lo.vely coach ride from Panama city to Charro river
Up the river on motorised canoes tothe riverside village.
Welcome, dancing, demonstartions lunch and free walkabout time.
Lovely visit to a sort of living museum.
Embera live sort of like they always did.
Very good visit and a lovely thing to do
Great fun
Written April 9, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

IevaLei
Riga, Latvia29 contributions
Unique experience
Mar. 2020 • Friends
After short ride in wooden canoe we arrived in waterfall for short brake and then moved to one of Embera Village comunities. There we could see how they live, how looks their chief and what rules they have. After that we had tasty lunch and could enjoy dancing and singing by Embera people. It was lovely experience and I would recommend the tour to anyone. Our tour was provided by Safe Transportation Panama and the gide Cesar made it enjoyable. He told us lots of information about Panama Canal and gave the full picture how it works. 😊
Written March 5, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

EndlessSummerCaptain
Southport, NC499 contributions
Road scholar tour
Feb. 2020 • Couples
Jorge met us an route before we boarded dugout canoes (stay low and hold on to the Gonzales). First and second passengers should have water protection from the spray.

Met by a band on arrival. Everyone was friendly and seemed pleased to see us. They loved Jorge.

Introduction and culture discussion was pleasant and informative. Hike around the village perimeter was enjoyable and learned about botanical cures.

Lunch was delicious...best tilapia I ever had. Kids were the cutest.

Definitely recommend it but can't really recommend a tour company.
Written February 26, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Anne G
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at the the village with the Embera. We encourage you to tell your friends about the tour. I'm not sure why you say you can't recommend a tour company. If you encountered something unpleasant because of us, Embera Village Tours, we would be interested in hearing about it. Please contact us at tours@emberavillagetours.com.
Written February 27, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Kiera G
3 contributions
Wonderful immersive experience!
Feb. 2020 • Friends
We had a fantastic day - our host, Javier, was knowledgeable, very friendly and clearly passionate about his country. The Embera people themselves were beautiful and incredibly welcoming. The food was tasty, the mini-hike was fun and informative, and the markets were colourful and very reasonably priced.
Written February 24, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Anne G
Thank you for taking the time to share your opinion of our tour. We really appreciate your input. Please be sure to tell your friends about us.
Written February 25, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Wojciech P
Burgas, Bulgaria8 contributions
Embera's Village
Feb. 2020 • Couples
The trip would be interesting if the village were natural. I've got the impression that everything is prepared for tourists, and their location near the asphalt road confirms it even more.
Written February 10, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Anne G
Thank you for sharing your opinion with us. I am very sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your visit to the Embera village. However, this Trip Advisor page is for our Embera Village Tours company and not for any generic Embera village tour. I have no idea which village you went to, but it sounds like you did not go with our company, Embera Village Tours. We always strive to provide the best and most interesting experience for our guests, taking them to remote, authentic villages. Many of the other tour operators who offer a visit to the Embera communities, go to the closer villages, that receive many tour groups per day, so it can feel a lot more like a "touristy". I am very sorry you did not enjoy your experience in the Embera village and I suggest to anyone reading this review and my response to do your research when selecting a tour to an Embera village to make sure you will be going to one of the most authentic and interactive villages possible.
Written February 11, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Drger947
Cote Saint-Luc, Canada138 contributions
Magical Village Tour
Feb. 2020 • Couples
We visited the Embera Drua Village this past Weekend with friends. We were met at our hotel in the early morning and set out on our adventure. The dugout canoe ride was fantastic surrounded by lush green foliage rising up from the Chagres river on both sides. We were greeted at the village by a musical group and then ascended to the village. We were able to purchase original handmade products directly from the village families. We were then given a very informative talk by the village chief who explained their customs and culture. The noontime meal was freshly prepared fish along with excellent plantains. The villagers then performed some ritual dances for us. The entire trip was just amazing and is highly recommended.
Written February 4, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Anne G
It is great to hear that you had a good time getting to know the Embera people and their culture, even though it appears that you did not take our Embera Village Tour. There are many different tour companies that offer Embera tours and there are 6 different Embera villages to visit within an hour drive of Panama city. I am certain you would have enjoyed our tour as well if not more. The important thing is that you got to meet the people and had fun doing it. Bia Bua (Thank you in Emberá)
Written February 5, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

D M G
Seattle, WA24 contributions
Great Experience and Amazing People
This is definitely well worth the money.

The Bad: loading the canoes correctly so 65% of the weight is from mid back and left and right sides are balanced. Don't put the biggest guy in the middle by himself because everytime he moves the boat tips. He belongs in the back.
Boats leaked a little, so wear sandals or shoes that dry fast.
People do not know how to ride in the canoe, so they leaned on all the turns. Stay in the middle. Does not appear they had extended keeps all the way down the middle of their boats either. Bottoms were flat. If you can't sit on a hard flat board for an hour you may want to forgo this trip. Stupid people giving the villagers candy.

The Good: Everything else. They use outboard motors to move you up the water so no paddling. The views going up the lake to the river were amazing and Gorgeous. There were other huts and structures going up the river but still nice. It rained during the entire trip to the village, but packed my lightweight Helley rain jacket. Where shoes that also have some support because the ground is very slick. It's hard pan or clay like dirt and wet and slippery. The villagers are barefoot so they had no problems. As a note, most of the women and teenagers are Not covered so maybe an issue for some. The ware's they sell are made very well and price is negotiable. I didn't press too much because they work alot harder than I do to make a buck.
The food they shared with us was fish and plantains. Fish was boney but delicious. Plantains have very little flavor but provide nourishment. Walking around on the grounds was interesting seeing how they live. Very simple. They have received some some things to help them such as coolers, a generator, solar panels and cut timber. A few of them speak broken English but mainly Spanish and their own specific Language.
As a reminder they are opening their home and village to you as a visitor, so some of them may seem put off or even bored because we are interrupting their daily lives. Specifically some of the teenage girls. Most of the girls and the boys and adults are selling and doing chores. The children were playing soccer or walking around being cute.
Explore all you can while your there. Their school house is nice but going up the hill to see it is very slippery and dangerous. We did encounter a very large rooster at the school so be careful since they get very aggressive when the hen's and babies are around.
Overall an awesome trip.
Written December 24, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Kevin S.
Lomita, CA185 contributions
Embera & Jungle Tour is Tops
This village tour was the highlight (and ending) of a two week vacation. Seems we saved the best for last. We signed up for a small group tour but fortunately it turned into a private tour. Our guide Ernesto Paz, was delightful, intelligent, and relaxed. He remained calm, even with a little car trouble. He has a particular passion for these Villagers which showed in attitude and guidance.

The village is located deep in the jungle. After a scenic boat ride, we arrived alone, to a warm greeting of song and dance. Thankfully we were there for some time before other tourists arrived. We got a chance to assimilate with the villagers and learn of their culture and life. Got to play a harmonica with their elected Chief and returned the favor of entertaining. A couple very young children captured our hearts. Admittedly we gave them a few bucks and American chocolate....hearts and minds!

This tour provides a great village lunch of freshly caught fish and pressed plantains wrapped in a leaf. Dancing was the entertainment; first as a show then we all joined in. The have several tables of souvenirs they say is hand-made by various family members; I have my doubts. Quite frankly, it’s the same stuff you will find in every souvenir shop or street vendor, perhaps a bit cheaper. Regardless, we decided to buy our souvenirs here as the money goes to help the villagers.

Had such a great time it was a bummer to leave. We’ve traveled around the world and have been on several tours...this is one of the best.
Written December 12, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

KrysiaK
Brandon, FL1,614 contributions
Fantastic
Nov. 2019
The trip was great. It starts with sailing a wooden canoe on the river. Emberá people welcome everyone. They talk about their lives. They are selling their artcraft.They serve a delicious lunch.
Written November 23, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Rolando
Panama City, Panama23 contributions
Touristy!!!
Aug. 2019
Very touristy. Native Embarra tribe members looked bored. Could tell they would rather be without us, but doing it for sustenance as their way of life is decimated. Similar to a Hawaiian luau if you have ever been there. Very staged, but I guess a glimpse into the past on stage. Good food. Great Guide LUIS from Recontour. Fun walk to the waterfall, which is small. Easy walk. Very easy.
Written August 3, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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EMBERA CULTURE
I love roughing it, getting out into the back country and visiting indigenous peoples in their native habitat. I've
Richard M
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Embera Puru Biakiru
This is one of the best tours I ever took. The Embera have balanced living in a manner they lived for hundreds of y
Andy K
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Different
Lo.vely coach ride from Panama city to Charro river Up the river on motorised canoes tothe riverside village. Welco
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3 in 1
In fact, the trip consists of three parts: 1. The Indians meet you on long pies and swim along the river to their v
EndlessSummerCaptain
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Great Place to Visit
Natives are friendly and make great hosts! Lunch was terrific -- fresh and cooked very well. Hike around the peri
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Wonderful cultural experience
We had a wonderful day at the Embera Puru Village. Although it was rainy the dugout canoe ride (which is motored n
SherryCormier51
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Excellent Experience
We had a wonderful day today led by Ruben of Panama Tours, He was very knowledgeable and accommodating - actually
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Joyful
Went to the Katuma Embera village. It was simply joyful. Met the Headman, his grandson and family. My friend danced
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EMBERA COMUNITY I LIKE
During the tour i discover the area, in the first time people visit the National Park visitor Center and aftter tth
JerryVaughn
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A "Must Do" if you are in Panama
This tour was the highlight of our trip to Panama. It was incredibly interesting, scenic and a terrific experience.
Tom M
Tom M
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Stepping back in time
Water trip in a motorized dug-out canoe to the village is the first part of this adventure; Native Embera Villagers
HTSandown
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Great tour, great guide
One of my favorite tours. Thought this would be "touristy" but was pleasantly surprised. The village tour was int
mcjardine
mcjardine
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A MUST BUCKET LIST TICK.
A very nice adventure,reasonably safe trip, just don't fall out of the canoe, alligators on the banks.Bus trip is i
Michele S
Michele S
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Enjoyable
This is the 2nd time that I visited the Embera Village. I always find it enjoyable and entertaining. We are alwa
James B
James B
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Wonderful opportunity to be exposed to how the Embera Indians live their lives
A private Embera village tour is an opportunity which should not be missed. We left our cruise ship at Gatun Lake,
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